Sheriff’s officer spat furiously during argument. (8) TIPSTAFF
Spat furiously means an anagram of ‘spat’ during argument i.e. tiff. Rearrange the words ‘spat’ inside ‘tiff’ and you arrive at ‘tipstaff’ which is a sheriff’s officer or bailiff.
Month one catches girl from East dressing? (10) MAYONNAISE
Month is ‘May’ and ‘one’ catches ‘girl from East’ so a girl with the letters turned around. The girl’s name is Sian which you turn around and insert into ‘one’ making onnaise’. Put onnaise on to May making mayonnaise which is the answer to dressing. Sometimes you can solve the clue by guessing the answer i.e. mayonnaise, and then working out how you arrive at the answer.
Article Irish left in travel complex. (7) AIRPORT
Article is ‘a’, Irish is ‘Ir’ and left is port i.e. port and starboard. Put them together and you arrive at airport which is a travel complex.
Getting worse at skiing (5,8) GOING DOWNHILL
I like these clues with the double meanings. Going downhill obviously means getting worse but skiers also go downhill!
Boss is right to go after mistake (6) GAFFER
The answer is boss made from mistake i.e. gaffe with right (an r) going after making gaffer, a boss.
One running away receives small support (7) BOLSTER
Half the battle is working out what the answer is. In this case it is ‘support’ which is made from ‘one running away receives small’. One running aways is a bolter, receiving small i.e. an ‘s’, makes bolster, a support.
Drink readily available after close of business (6) SHANDY
Readily available – handy – after close of business i.e. ‘s’ (last letter of business) making shandy, a drink.
Tremor caused by dessert wine (10) AFTERSHOCK
Dessert is ‘afters’ and wine is ‘hock’, therefore making aftershock, a tremor.
Bird kept by them usually (3) EMU
Hidden word clue. In the middle of them usually is the hidden word, emu, being a bird.
1. Bird of ill omen? Not for the golfer! (9) ALBATROSS
Bird of ill omen comes from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel T. Coleridge. A famous poem about a mariner who shoots down an albatross which ultimately brings bad luck down on the crew and as a penance the mariner has to wear the albatross around his neck. Of course an albatross in golf is the term for a golf hole completed in three under par, which is certainly not an ill omen, hence the answer ‘albatross’
2. Sculptor has perch at home (5) RODIN
The answer is a sculptor i.e. Rodin, and made up from perch – ‘rod’ – and at home – ‘in’.
3. Watch as snake moves around in Canadian territory(12) SASKATCHEWAN
This is an anagram with the hint being the words ‘move around’. So move round the first three words of ‘watch as snake’ and you get the answer of Saskatchewan which is a Canadian territory.
1. Joker with trick taking in broadcasters etc. (8) COMEDIAN
The answer is ‘joker’ which you get from trick, being ‘con’, taking in broadcasters etc i.e. media. Con takes in media making comedian.
2. Go overseas? Good to enter Arab state? (8) EMIGRATE
The answer is go overseas. Good is often abbreviated to ‘g’, so g enters an arab state which is emirate, making emigrate.
3. Sound of pleasure subsequently covering sound of disgust (8) LAUGHTER
The answer is sound of pleasure. Subsequently is later which covers a sound of disgust which is ‘ugh’. Put ugh in later and you get laughter.
- Father cheeky before bar providing documentary evidence (5,5) PAPER TRAIL
When you see the word providing it normally means that the words coming after it are the answer. So ‘father cheeky before the bar’ means ‘documentray evidence’. In this case you put alternative words together to make the answer. Father is most often abbreviated to ‘pa’, another word for cheeky is ‘pert’ and an alternative to bar is ‘rail’. So put pa and pert together in front of rail – pa-pert-rail. You are looking for documentary evidence (5,5) so pa-pert-rail becomes paper trail i.e. documentary evidence.
- Sailor’s in the drink (8) ABSINTHE
Sailor is most commonly abbreviated to AB (abbreviation from Able Seaman, defined as a naval rating of the deck department of a merchant ship with experience of more than 2 years at sea) and in this case you simply roll the AB together with the words following. So ‘ab s in the’ which form absinthe which is a drink.
- Queen in combat scare (6) FRIGHT
Queen is usually abbreviated to ER (Elizabeth Regina) or R (Regina, latin for queen) though in my experience it is normally ER. In this instance it is R so you put queen ‘R’ into combat to make another word for scare. Therefore put R in fight i.e. combat and you get fright.